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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Qiana-Maieev 8 minutes ago

Congrats to your folks, Flying Atheist!

Comment by The Flying Atheist 46 minutes ago

I've been very busy lately.  This past weekend we celebrated my parent's 60th (!) wedding anniversary.  Family started arriving in town the Wednesday before from Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, California, and Washington states.  We had a very nice Italian buffet on Saturday and then dessert at an Aunt's house afterward.

My out-of-town family are Cubs fans, so attending a game is often on the agenda during the summer.  The Cubs won 9-2 over the Cincinnati Reds.  Wrigley Field is always a fun and festive ballpark.  We walked there from my sister's house which is only four blocks away.  Convenient with no transportation worries. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist 1 hour ago

Hello and happy Autumn to all of you.  I'm finally catching up here.  I think I've been missing in action for about one week.  I did try to sign on a couple days ago but was getting an error message.  I see that's already been discussed here.

Chris, I'm very sorry to hear about your recent health issues.  Is this all newly diagnosed?  I don't recall any mention of this in the past.  Of course I wish you well. 

I'm in the same situation of trying to avoid any falls.  I just saw my neurologist yesterday and he was quite surprised at my confidence, "normal" gait, and the speed of my walking.  I don't use a cane indoors because all the surfaces are flat.  However, I never go anywhere outside without it.  And I purposefully walk slower outside for safety.

Comment by k.h. ky 7 hours ago
Thank you Loren. You always answer my question
Comment by Ian Mason 7 hours ago

Comment by Loren Miller 9 hours ago

My apologies if I wasn't more clear, Kathy.  By "browser-dependent," I meant that the site may behave differently when accessed by different browsers, whether MS Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or some other application.  Right now, the more I look, the less I think that's the case, though I am not 100% sure.

I should also say that I don't think this is a malware issue.  I think that there are problems with the Ning engine (Ning is the base site which supports Atheist Nexus and a LOT of other websites).  A week or so ago, the problem got so severe that it took Ning.com down, which took us and everyone else with it.  Right now, I think we're still looking at the fallout from that original incident.  Indeed, our little home here is currently behaving better, POSSIBLY because Ning woke up and smelled the coffee.  My problem is that I remember this past May, when things were a LOT worse.

All I ask is that, if you experience a problem, use the "Report an Issue" link and give me a shout as well.

Comment by k.h. ky 9 hours ago
Loren, can you please add more information. Browser dependent is? Is this like a virus thing or troll thing? I'm not tech savvy.

Is suspicious when a member goes through and 'likes' everything to the point that's all I can see in the Latest Activity? A member im not familiar with did that a week or so ago.
Comment by Loren Miller 10 hours ago

Joan, A|N's behavior recently has been bad enough, but more than one person is having problems with these Error 500s.  It seems to be logged-in and possibly browser-dependent as well.  If you see ANYTHING ODD going on with A|N, please give me a shout!

Comment by Joan Denoo 10 hours ago

Loren, I was able to get. in this morning. No error messages!

Comment by Loren Miller 10 hours ago

For those of you who may still have access, be aware: Error 500 is back, only more conditional and frustrating (and pissing me off!).  If anyone is seeing this, drop me an A|N note or comment and I'll forward your observations to Brother Richard.  Indeed, if you can, use the "Report an Issue" link ... presuming it works!

 

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